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Our3Q – Makespace, Malaysia

Hakim – founder of Makespace, company that caters to corporate and communities to run workshops, talks, brainstorming sessions, team building, hackathons, performances, parties and so on. Makespace is also a funky joint to inspire and create. They have tools available to turn ideas into reality and at the same time be surrounded by likeminded people.


Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?

It’s not easy to choose among the many things we’ve done since 2013… but if I have to say one, I’m super proud that we managed to create a space where all those disfranchised makers can come to and do their things. They can use our space and we will support them as much as possible.


Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?

The evolution of the space… Did you ever play Supermario? There is one boss, whenever you find the princess he is always stealing her and generally shifting goals. So our big boss, our challenge, is to balance being sustainable and being relevant. When you think about makers community, it’s very difficult to build a project you can charge a lot of money for. So we have to build small projects for which you charge less money or even no money. It’s a community thing so you can even give it for free. That way you grow your community but it’s not good for sustainability. It is not good for revenue. I feel over the last three years and even today the most challenging is balance being sustainable, being revenue generating till the point you can keep lights on but also being meaningful for the community.


Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?

I feel over the last three years we never stood still, we have always being an evolving sort of space, an evolving sort of organization. What we would like to evolve to in the future is to be the premier space for many markers, doesn’t matter whether you are sawing, or you are doing 3D printing, or you are programmer, you can come over and make things with us. We want to evolve to be able to accommodate that. However, for this to happen I think the community needs to grow. The number of people and the gap of skills need to evolve. That’s our long term vision. One thing I would need to get to that point is more visibility. The more people see, the more people hear, the more can come and say: here is my project, here is the thing I can share. Visibility.


Would you like to add something else?

I’d just give a little pitch about the space. We are a space that promotes the maker culture. To stay in business we rent out this space to various events. We build products, we like to collaborate with any kind of makers. We don’t have a particular set of products, making things is just very appealing for us and we want to work with people who feel the same way. If you are interested in any of these two things: running events or making something, you should come and visit Makespace.


The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.


Bangkok, Thailand, 30th  December, 2015

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